Local governments, and changing attitudes on marijuana

The most controversial ballot issue of Election Day 2014 in Florida was a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. It failed — barely. It needed 60 percent approval of voters to be added to the Florida Constitution and got 58, meaning a majority of Floridians were for it.

I voted against it because I didn’t think it belonged in our constitution. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, who debated the amendment’s sponsor, lawyer John Morgan, on the issue, agreed. On election night, however, Judd said: “We need…

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